Scotland eyes outdoor learning as model for reopening of schools

By Libby Brooks for theguardian.com Outdoor learning could offer a template for socially distanced schooling across Scotland, according to practitioners who believe the coronavirus pandemic could push parents and teachers to embrace the benefits of education in the outdoors. While Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has warned that schools may not reopen until August, the Guardian understands that local authorities are exploring…

Teacher Appreciation Week: They wanted respect. It only took a corona virus pandemic and worldwide economic collapse

By Erin Richards, Arika Herron and MJ Slaby for USA Today Remember when you didn’t think about teachers much all day?  They taught fractions and literature behind closed doors. Their work felt normal and necessary. We knew some were underpaid and underappreciated. Strikes that shut down schools in Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago stirred public support and highlighted teachers’ plight. Then public schools serving approximately 55…

Ask Dr. Blank: Should You Consider Holding Your Child Back Next Year?

I am a developmental psychologist with a PhD from Cambridge University. I served as director of the Light on Literacy Program at Columbia University Medical Center. I am also the author of the book The Reading Remedy which offers a comprehensive and unique system for teaching reading. ******* The question of holding back a child when schools re-open is important and…

The Sheer Number of School Districts Is Tilting the Playing Field

By Rebecca Sibilia for The New York Times If we really want to balance school budgets in the wake of the coronavirus — and create more long-term equity in our public school system — we need to come to terms with the idea that we need far fewer than the 13,000 school districts that are currently in operation in the…

Updated: Free WiFi for Online Learning During COVID-19

From thejournal.com  While EducationSuperHighway recently reported that the classroom connectivity gap was “now closed,” with 99 percent of schools on fiber, that didn’t take into account that school would move home in a time of coronavirus. The latest reporting by the Federal Communications Commission, found that the number of people lacking a connection of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload was…